Stone, Halterburn Ford, Kirk Yetholm.
This large stone, probably a glacial erratic, can be seen
standing alongside the dry stone wall on the west side of the
ford crossing Halter Burn near Kirk Yetholm. The stone measures,
1.60m long x 1.25m high x 1.10m high and may possibly be a
marker stone indicating the crossing point or ford. It also
stands beside an ancient trackway leading into the Cheviot
Hills, that also forms part of The Pennine Way. See Notes for
more on this stone.
From Kirk Yetholm follow narrow minor road up steep hill with
passing places. Immediately after road drops down to valley floor,
turn left into large grassed parking area. On foot, follow sign
posted footpath marked Pennine Way across foot bridge, then head
downstream to dry stone wall. The stone is easily visible from the
A large off-road parking area is available but can be busy during
holidays. Take care not top block access for farm vehicles.
While this isolated stone may initially appear to simply be the
result of field clearance, the fact that is has survived the
scavenging of stone for the dry stone wall immediately next to
it, does suggest it's there for a reason. Being located beside
an ancient and well used trackway heading into the Cheviot Hills
and on into Northumberland, also suggests a reason for its
continued existence. The nearby ford across Halter Burn is
perhaps the most obvious reason, with the stone marking this
spot. There are also no other similar stones in the area to
suggest it might just be another boulder.